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Facebook Messenger adds Snapchat-style AR objects

Facebook Messenger adds Snapchat-style AR objects

Facebook today has announced the latest Snapchat-like feature coming to Messenger. World Effects is similar to what we have seen in Snapchat's World Lenses.

Facebook is rolling out a new feature for Messenger that lets you drop 3D objects into your surroundings, using the built-in camera tool, making it yet another popular app to incorporate AR features - apart from Snapchat.

Previously, Facebook implemented AR features where users were able to wear these virtual masks or use some sorts of filters using their camera as well. "Or better yet, add a new fun, celebratory robot to an otherwise every-day setting and spice things up a bit", said a post on the official Facebook page of Facebook Messenger. "Facebook says that now, they support only a heart, arrow, and robot, while there are bubbles and words that read "love", 'bae", "heart", and "miss you".

The Word Effects technology lets you add 3D objects in real time into photos or videos within the camera frame and capture the moment with the native camera app and share with your friends. In addition to the heart, arrow and robot, you can also try playing around with a unicorn plus word bubbles, like "love", "bae", "heart" and "miss you".

AR Studio allows developers to build AR experiences for the Facebook Camera, and these AR apps will be available on Facebook and Messenger.

We're launching a handful of World Effects to people around the world. To access the effects, users can start or open a one-on-one or group conversation and tap the video icon in the top right corner. First announced at the Facebook F8 conference in April, the platform was beta-tested with around 2,000 brands, publishers and artists prior to its public launch, with Facebook claiming that it is now putting "the power of augmented reality in the hands of all creators".


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